Grosses

'American Sniper' Adds $18.3M on Second Friday, Continuing to Pursue More Box Office RecordsJanuary 24, 2015 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports American Sniper eased just 40 percent from last Friday to $18.33 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. To date, the blockbuster war drama has earned $154.1 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $65 million haul this weekend. Should that hold, it would be one of the top eight sophomore weekends in history (second only to Avatar and the original Spider-Man among non-sequels), and the biggest ever second weekend gross for a non-franchise movie -- topping The Passion of the Christ's $53.2 million second frame. Sniper is currently running 68 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point, and is currently in line with the eight-day $153 million take posted by Passion in 2004. The Bradley Cooper-led, Clint Eastwood-helmed Oscar nominee should approach, if not cross, the $200 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.

The Boy Next Door grabbed a solid $5.7 million in its first day on Friday. The Jennifer Lopez thriller is on target to bring in $15.7 million over its debut weekend, a positive start for the micro-budget flick.

The Wedding Ringer added $3.3 million yesterday, down 53 percent from its opening day last weekend. With $31.4 million in the bank through 8 days of release, BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million sophomore frame.

Paddington eased 44 percent from opening day last week to $2.6 million on Friday, giving the well-received animated adaptation a $30.3 million domestic total through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects $12.4 million for the weekend.

The Imitation Game tacked on another $1.92 million yesterday as it added another 414 theaters this weekend. The multiple Oscar nominee has tallied $55.4 million thus far. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Unfortunately, the other two openers this weekend struggled to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Mortdecai bowed to $1.47 million on Friday, setting it on a course for a $4.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Strange Magic pulled $1.3 million on its first day and is expected to tally around $5 million for its opening weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Oct. 29 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 29 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$3,762,280-49%3,481--$1,081$11,208,0130Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$1,634,29711%1,9451185$840$68,239,8952Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$925,7872%2,8900$320$44,077,5842Overture
4Where the Wild Things Are$767,5877%3,683-52$208$56,721,1682Warner Bros.
5Couples Retreat$691,9987%3,07465$225$80,566,7573Universal
6Saw VI$690,9562%3,036--$228$17,261,9341Lionsgate
7Zombieland$330,82012%2,447-724$135$68,558,6394Sony / Columbia
8Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$330,2914%2,754--$120$7,710,4461Universal
9The Stepfather (2009)$316,16216%2,7340$116$21,347,1602Sony / Screen Gems
10Astro Boy$288,72712%3,014--$96$7,856,5071Summit